Phillip Lovgren replied to John Hoge's discussion Studio Monitor Recommendations for Mixing/Mastering Orchestral Music
"Another option is to buy used monitors from a reliable seller. 
You can probably find someone who is upgrading to more professional monitors or has just lost interest in composing or recording. 
I picked up some Event TR-8 monitors years ago at a…"
Sep 7, 2013
John Hoge replied to John Hoge's discussion Studio Monitor Recommendations for Mixing/Mastering Orchestral Music
"Thanks a lot for the reply, much appreciated!"
Sep 6, 2013
John Hoge replied to John Hoge's discussion Studio Monitor Recommendations for Mixing/Mastering Orchestral Music
"Anyone have any advice? I could use some else's knowledgable perspective!"
Sep 5, 2013
Francisco Garrido replied to John Hoge's discussion iMac Specs for Sample-based Video Game/Film Composition
"Get the maximum ram that you can get in order to load huge libraries. Processor speed is not such big a factor since you can always "freeze" tracks and relieve the CPU from some real time processing, specially on tracks with heavy samples and lots…"
May 12, 2013
Michael T replied to John Hoge's discussion iMac Specs for Sample-based Video Game/Film Composition
"What's your budget?
I've been researching this for weeks and I'm hanging on for the widely rumoured new Mac Pro.
Whatever you get, forget 8meg of ram. Ram is cheap and I'd go for 32 meg or you might find yourself adding more later."
May 12, 2013
John Hoge replied to John Hoge's discussion iMac Specs for Sample-based Video Game/Film Composition
"thank you for the info!"
May 9, 2013
Robert FRANKLIN replied to John Hoge's discussion iMac Specs for Sample-based Video Game/Film Composition
"Hello,
I have several large Orchestral Files including the largest called East West Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra Platinum & Platinum Plus, all 64 bit!
 
Windows 7 Ultimate
16 MB Ram
3 TB drives
 
 "
May 9, 2013
John Hoge replied to John Hoge's discussion iMac Specs for Sample-based Video Game/Film Composition
"Great, thanks!"
May 8, 2013
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Nov 12, 2011
Jonas Aras replied to John Hoge's discussion Mixing and Mastering Sampled Orchestral Audio
"I have a fair amount of experience mixing orchestral mockups, so I'll chime in.  With the ambient EW mics (Silver library), I would suggest working only with EQ.  In general, I don't like to boost the treble of anything sampled, especially…"
Jul 23, 2011
John Hoge replied to John Hoge's discussion Mixing and Mastering Sampled Orchestral Audio
"Thanks guys, I now have East West Gold library though so I no longer suffer from the problems of a year ago:) but thanks still!"
Apr 19, 2011
David Healey replied to John Hoge's discussion Mixing and Mastering Sampled Orchestral Audio
"Consider subscribing to my channel and following my current series of videos on mixing sampled music. I have also done a basic mastering tutorial too.
https://www.youtube.com/user/TotalComposure?feature=mhum
You can also follow me on facebook for…"
Apr 17, 2011
John Hoge left a comment for Anthony Berlin
"I checked out Requiem by Tonehammer...Wow! But yes, I'm gonna need some more money before I make another big purchase. I'm just a poor college kid after all:P"
Mar 21, 2011
John Hoge left a comment for Anthony Berlin
"That's awesome! And wow I'm jealous, I have EWQLSO Gold which is nice, but what I would give to have Storm Drum and Symphonic Choirs:P Actually, I used to have just Silver, which is what all of my work that is up was done with. I haven't added…"
Mar 20, 2011
John Hoge left a comment for Anthony Berlin
"Hi Anthony, thanks for the comment! Just a question, but was Fantasy Movie Trailer at all inspired by Lord of the Rings? I only ask because one section sounds VERY similar to the wringwraith theme:D Anyway, all of your pieces sound great man, I'm…"
Mar 20, 2011
John Hoge replied to John Hoge's discussion iPod Touch Speaker Distorting Music
"Yeah I don't have an audio input to my ipod, I'll just have to do trial and error with mp3. Lame!"
Feb 15, 2011
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  • I can tell you have definitely been influenced by the music of The Legend of Zelda.

    Aftermath is great; Like Harp said, it is very charming.
  • Your "Menu Theme" is so Zelda, it hurts. But in a good way.
    ...I think you played this for me before, but I haven't heard the entire thing till now. it's FANTASTIC!
  • Really liked what you have for a menu theme. Def sounds like you are growing musically and of course having the right software helps ;). Very Majestic sounding. Reminds me of a cross between Soul Calibur and Zelda Music...in a good way.

    One thing I will say is that as you grow try little by little to branch out away from cliche sounds/themes/melodies/orchestrations. I know for videogame music there is usually a "type of sound" that is sought after depending on the genre of game. But I still see no reason for a little push in thinking about structure/form/and other melodic/harmonic and orchestration devices. Besides, it might help you carve out a niche and may help you in being recognized a little easier.
  • Hey John, took a listen to your reworked Forest-style piece. The orchestral color, emotional sense/ambience def comes across stronger with your new tools, congrats! It feels like a new piece. I liked it before and I like it even more.
    Definitely, let me know when you put new works up and I'll stop by to take a listen.
  • You mean the orchestral "Tubular Bells". There is no patch in GPO for the Tubular Bells and it drives me crazy! I think when setting up your score and choosing your instruments/instrument library you will have to select "SmartMuisc SoftSynth" from the drop down and then on the left side choose "percussion" and I believe if go to the options on the right side and also choose "percussion" you might be able to get a Tubular Bell sound. I don't know what note it is mapped to though. I'm sure "SoftSynth" has a Tubular Bell sound somewhere. I'll have to double check myself.
  • catn' wait to hear some of new/currnet music you are working on
  • For me, I found that "Church" in the ambience settings with increased "dry" creates a great sound most of the time.
  • Hi John,

    What ambience setting do you use (concert hall, church, cathedral)? that will make a difference in many cases. Also, fianle can also be buggy and the issues can vary from person to person. I think if you open the Human Playback settings then click "HP Preferences" On the left there will be a list and you can choose dynamics and volume. Then in the main section of the window under crescendo/diminuendo try changing the setting to "ke velocity only" and see if that is any help at all.

    There are limitations in GPO and Finale. I'm still trying to work my way through them. And like you I find the Horns too mellow and trying to find my way around it. I'm not sure if its something that needs to be worked out in the Kontakt Player.

    Also, when setting your ambience reverb, you will wee "dry" and "wet" meter at the bottom right. For whatever setting you use always increase the "dry" meter by moving it to the right close to the end of the meter. I ususally go to about 5.2 You will have the ambience of the setting you choose plus a louder sound sound and sometimes that helps take out some of the "mellow" in the instruments.

    let me know how it goes and if you find other solutions.
  • I don't know how much of Finale 2010 has changed as far as orchestral sounds. In 2009 there were a few options for instrument library sounds. There was "Garritan Instruments" as well as the "GPO" menu option in the "play through vst" menu drop down. Many times after setting up my score I reassign my instruments from the "GPO" option instead of the "Garritan Instrument". You can find the orchestral "Crash" cymbal sound in the orchestral percussion section of the "GPO". I think its mapped to either a high C, C# or D. I hope that was clear enough to help you out.
  • Hey John,

    Yeah, of course I remember you! I was wondering what you were up to but I'm
    glad to hear that your in college now and that you got your hands on a copy of Finale. Sure, feel free to ask any questions Finale or Composition related and hopefully I can help. I have didn't Finale 2010 only because it was a minor update to 2009 and so I'm waiting for a real update from 2009 before I get my next upgrade.

    So where are you going for college?
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